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you could not even see the street in some areas. it was covered in trees and roofs and just every kind of debris imaginable. >> the devastation on the u.s. islands of st. thomas and st. john in the virgin islands almost unbelievable. back in the u.s., the largest power restoration in u.s. history is under way with 20,000 workers on the job and 15 million without power in florida alone. a bipartisan dinner at the white house. at issue, tax reform. >> making our tax code much simpler than it is today. i hope we're going to find that there are democrats willing to work with us. apple unveils the iphone 10
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which boasts fiace id at a startling price of $1,000. while sleeping next to your dog might be a very good idea. "early today" starts right now. good morning, everyone. i'm dara brown. >> i'm frances rivera. southeastern states are assessing irma's damage. it destroyed boats, tossed around debris and knocked down many trees. one shocking moment was caught on dashboard camera as a car driving along gets smashed by a falling pine tree right there. well, it lifted up the back end of the vehicle. the dash cam's owner says the driver was stunned, but otherwise okay. down in the florida keys, the navy is searching for other storm victims who might not be as fortunate. their helicopters are looking for the stranded and anyone in need. the keys were utterly devastated by irma. fema's administrator described the scope of the damage. >> 25% of the houses nushlly have been destroyed and 65% have
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major damage. basically every house in the keys was impacted in some way or another. the human toll is becoming clear. in orange county, florida, three people including a child may have been killed by carbon monoxide poisoning. police believe a generator was running inside the house. now as more than 4.5 million people remain without power, nbc's gabe gutierrez has details on the recovery efforts. >> reporter: it's the largest power restoration effort in u.s. history. local crews plus teams from new york, pennsylvania, even minnesota working to light up the southeast. >> we've got 20,000 workers from 30 different states and canada here. >> reporter: courtney and her family are staying with friends after the temperature inside their home near ft. lauderdale reached a stifling 88 degrees. >> it feels very overwhelming, especially when i look outside and i see our house, our trees, ouf life, everything we've worked for and built is now kind of in jeopardy.
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>> reporter: 15 million people lost power in florida alone. this time lapse shows the moment miami went dark. phillip says this generator is crucial for his sick wife. >> it's life-giving, literally life-giving. >> reporter: at this senior facility in ft. lauderdale, they're trying to keep the a.c. on. >> the biggest concern is making sure that you have enough fuel to continue to operate the generator. >> reporter: and it can be dangerous. in southwest florida, 20 people including 13 children were rushed to the hospital after carbon monoxide from a generator apparently got inside a home. in miami-dade county, firefighters tell us medical calls are up. >> we have people within the territory that are dependent on electricity for their lives, and once the power goes out, if they don't have a backup power source, they need to be taken to the hospital immediately. >> that was gabe gutierrez reporting. in the caribbean, an urgent relief mission is under way for the islands left in ruins by the
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force of hurricane irma. thousands there are desperate for food, water, and other supplies in this still unfolding crisis. nbc's ron mott reports. >> reporter: in puerto rico, a coast guard cutter loading up with supplies, heading for some of the islands irma hit hardest. they're bringing everything on board they can to keep this relief effort growing. tsa officers on board with the critical goal of getting the airport on st. thomas up and running. whipped by category 5 winds. >> for a place that was once completely green and lush, everything now looks dead and bleak. >> reporter: still largely cut off, no cell phones, limited fuel. >> long line right here. this is a gas station and everything. there's so many people. >> reporter: the devastation on the u.s. virgin islands of st. thomas and st. john almost unbelievable. >> you could not even see the street in some areas because it was covered in trees and roofs and just every kind of debris
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imaginable. >> reporter: from the air, stunning images now emerging. on tortola, pieces of homes strewn across the hillsides, boats piled up. >> this section of my mom's room, the roof came off. >> reporter: you can see it from space. st. martin before and now after irma came blowing through. buildings flattened. cars crushed. the urgent need for relief aid across this region is growing. residents struggling to get by. >> we need water and food. it's not -- it's not no maybe. it's for sure. >> reporter: others trying to get out. the kentucky air national guard has evacuated more than 1,000 americans from the virgin islands while royal caribbean is using their cruise ships to bring people to puerto rico. left behind, a tropical paradise now desperately trying to pick up the pieces. this morning we're learning the president is looking to travel to one of irma's hardest hit areas. the u.s. virgin islands in the next several days. and while the white house has not formally announced mr. trump's visit, a trip to the islands would be in keeping with his post-harvey visit to texas.
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but this morning it's taxes, infrastructure, and more that's on the president's mind as he hosts lawmakers for a second straight day. for more, we go to nbc's tracy potts on capitol hill. good morning, tracy. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. he's got another meeting scheduled this afternoon too. the president's very much focused on taxes and tax reform. the white house says that he wants to lower corporate tax rates as much as possible. now, last night he met with that small group of democrats and republicans. afterwards, the democrats -- you see them here -- came out with statements detailing what they want, incentives for companies that keep jobs in the u.s. penalties for those that don't. they want tax policies that support families and a simpler tax code that doesn't raise the debt because remember congress now is not going to deal with the debt ceiling until 2018, until next year. meantime, democrats focused on health care. we'll hear more about that today. we'll hear more about taxes
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today, how speaker paul ryan expected to unveil his plan or some details of what he's looking for in a live chat happening later this morning. as for democrats, they say they see some areas of compromise here with the president on health care. the big thing that they're looking for is support for cost-sharing subsidies, the extra help that's give to low-income families to help pay for their care. dara? >> tracy, thank you so much. now the newest iphones. they are finally here. apple unveiling three new models including the iphone 10. it boasts cutting edge features like face recognition, a hefty price tag to boot. nbc's lucy kafanov has the inside scoop. >> the future of the smartphone -- >> reporter: at apple's new steve jobs theater, the tech giant unveiling two updated iphones, the 8 and the 8-plus and an apple watch that lets you ditch the phone. >> we do have -- >> one more thing.
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>> one more thing. >> reporter: but the star of the show -- >> this is iphone x. it is the biggest leap forward since the original iphone. >> reporter: it's light. it's sleek, and for the first time ever, there's no home button. the iphone x recognizes your face to unlock. but this new technology doesn't come cheap. the starting price, $1,000. >> this is the most expensive base entry price for an iphone ever, and i do believe you're going to find people who are going to jump all over this phone. >> reporter: the new phone offers a brighter display, better battery life, wireless charging, and animated emojis that follow your face. after a recent slump that saw android account for 67% of u.s. smartphone sales, apple is under pressure to get it right. >> it works like magic. >> reporter: it's been ten years since steve jobs unveiled the phone that would change everything. >> we can now reflect on him with joy instead of sadness. steve's spirit and timeless
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philosophy on life will always be the dna of apple. >> reporter: the apple founder may be gone, but his influence is alive and well. lucy kafanov, nbc news, cupertino, california. >> that is something else. you think you're going to get the 10? >> i think i'll wait a little while. >> i'm always a few generations behind because god forbid something happened to it, especially with that big glass screen. >> i would drop it too often. >> you'd be so concerned, you'd be carrying it like this. irma is still causing some -- you know, not problems but it's still bringing clouds and rain to a few areas. what's left of it really disintegrated overnight. we really watched the moisture drying up so just some showers around nashville this morning. as we go through the day, we'll track some of this to the east. a couple showers and storms in ohio and indiana. then tomorrow, a lot of this moisture slides over into the northeast. it hasn't rained in a while. i'm sure the plants and grass
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would like it. some hit and miss showers in pennsylvania. the rainfall amounts are really small, really nothing to be concerned with. it's still warm too. we're still very summer-like and hot. san antoniotoday, 95 and you c imagine how hot it gets in everyone's home as we go throughout the heating of the day. a lot of people getting their power back on. they must be so thrilled to turn on that a.c. and crank it up on high. >> bill, thank you. the justice department says it will not press civil rights charges against the six baltimore officers involved in the 2015 death of freddie gray. the doj cited insufficient evidence. gray died of spinal cord injuries sustained while in custody. three of the six officers were acquitted of murder.
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population gathers. county officials declared a public health emergency last week. dozens of hand washing stations have also been deployed, and the county is also offering free vaccinations to the uninsured. police in south carolina weren't sure what to think when they pulled over the mayor of a small town driving a lawn mower in the dead of the night. county officers first pulled up behind the man and tried to get him to stop not realizing who he was. he kept going, taking them on a slow-speed chase. eventually they ordered him to stop, and he did. that's when they recognized him. he's john gardner, the mayor of anor. they also noticed an open beer can in the vehicle. officers didn't arrest the mayor nor issue him a ticket. the police chief says they are not investigating the incident. now to a study that finds hormone replacement therapy does not increase the risk of death, offering new reassurance for men pausele women who use or have used that therapy. nbc's stephanie gosk has more.
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>> a major development regarding women's health and the very common treatment called hormone replacement therapy. >> reporter: in 2002, a landmark study warned most women should avoid hormone replacement therapy because the popular treatment taken for decades could be dangerous, elevating the risk of some life-threatening condition, including blood clots and breast cancer, discouraging women from one of the most effective ways to provide relief for menopause symptoms. a follow-up on the original study tracking the same women for 18 years eases long-held fears about the therapy, concluding that women who choose hormone replacement are no more likely to die years later than those who do not. >> science evolves over time, and we think we now have a clearer message about the balance of benefits and risks of hormone therapy. >> the most obvious of the symptoms are the hot flashes. my face turns red.
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i start to sweat. >> reporter: lisa is suffering through menopause, but even with today's study, she worries. there is still a risk of breast cancer. >> running the risk of getting cancer isn't -- isn't worth it to me. >> reporter: her own gynecologist, who is on the therapy herself, says it needs to be a personal decision based on doctor's guidance. >> we take into account the patient's personal history, her family history, other medications and other medical diagnoses that she may carry. >> reporter: add to that new findings and some women who may feel helpless have renewed hope of relief. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. and just ahead, she became an accidental activist when the government came after her late wife's estate. remembering edith windsor, up next. (vo) more "doing chores for mom"
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fast forwarding in your day, the president and first lady will head to florida tomorrow after hurricane irma swept through the state. the trip will mark mr. trump's third hurricane response visit in just over two weeks. and the president has added another grandchild to the family after his son, eric, and wife lara welcomed little eric luke trump into the world. eric luke trump is the president's ninth grandchild. and in new york today a federal judge will consider whether to put martin shkreli behind bars. hearing arguments on the government's demand to jail shkreli for securities fraud while he awaits sentencing. dog lovers, listen up. should you or shouldn't you? i'm talking about letting your dog sleep on your bed with you at night. a new study is out, and we will tell you. that's up next. (vo) more "doing chores for mom" per roll
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today the white house will see yet another flurry of activity as lawmakers meet with the president for a second straight day as mr. trump looks to breathe new life into his stalled agenda. finding more than a few congress members willing to listen on the other side of the aisle. hallie jackson has more for us from the white house. hallie, good morning. >> reporter: hey there, frances. good morning to you. this morning president trump will be keeping up his push for some of his biggest presidential priorities this fall, specifically tax reform, for example. he held that bipartisan dinner with lawmakers here at the white house last night, and today we know that he is again going to be meeting with a group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to talk about what he wants to get done in congress this fall. interestingly, he's also meeting with a notable republican,
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senator tim scott, who was critical of the president's remarks after charlottesville, questioning what senator scott described then as the president's moral authority to lead. the two of them will be sitting down one-on-one, and we'll be watching for any news from that from here at the white house. for now, frances, back to you in new york. >> thank you very much. let's go to bill karins for a check of the forecast. >> people curious about jose. still a hurricane out there. some of our computer models do take it kind of close to bermuda. we hope it goes in between bermuda and the u.s. we'll watch it to make sure it doesn't get close to areas in new england. rain and clouds, keeping it cool in the ohio valley. also tennessee valley just a little bit of rain. hot in texas today, in the 90s. people still without power in florida, not fun. temperatures in the 90s and maybe a stray thunderstorm in south florida. still thinking of those people trying to sleep and go through their lives. it's still hot down in florida. >> thank you, bill.
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now a question for dog owners and those looking for some good shut eye this morning. when you go to sleep, will you let your furry friend doze off with you? if not, maybe you should reconsider. a new mayo clinic study finds having a dog in your bedroom won't disturb your sleep. in fact, you may get a better rest because of it. be warned, it does say letting your dog on the bed could cost you some zs. >> that i'm not so sure about. there's something comforting about having somebody there, you know, whether it's a furry friend or, you know. >> great for napping. not so good for sleeping, i don't think. kick him out of bed. >> other people are like where is that other person? where is that something else that needs to be right next to me. it's like that too. you have parents who like to co-sleep with their kids, have them right there, maybe their pet as well. >> my dog senatnores, so she ge her own bed. >> thanks for watching "early today." be sure to tune in for the
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exclusive interview with hillary clinton following her 2016 presidential loss to donald trump. that's later this morning on "today."
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a very good now wednesday morning, taking a live look at our radar right now. >> we're noticing some activity over by monterey. where is it headed? towards the bay area perhaps? weather seems to be the hot topic these days. good morning. i'm laura garcia canon. >> >> good morning. >> some cooler temperatures moving in, but this morning will be the time frame we'll be watching. so far we haven't seen much activity, some of the isolated storms over the sacramento valley, moving closer towards solano county, but

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